Cloud storage market is a heated one these days to an extent that an average Personal Computer user now knows how to move his or her files to an own cloud services such as Drop-box, Google Drive or Box. And according to the number of their users, these three providers mentioned definitely remain leaders in consumer-oriented cloud storage market. However, the cloud is constantly growing and delivering more and more feature-rich tools that simplify the ways we store, share and access our important files.
One of the increasingly cloud storage alternatives to big name and already popular providers such as Dropbox and Google Drive is an open source application which is known as ownCloud. When it comes to functionality, simplicity and speed, ownCloud is looked at as being pretty much similar to Drop-box with an advantage of enabling users to share their own apps that run on ownCloud, such as text editors or task lists and others which makes it even more user friendly.
Moreover, the service is completely free and compatible with any server thus allowing anyone to set it up easily on their own web host in addition to its installation process being a no-brainer since it only takes just a couple of minutes in order to have things up and running. Users need not to have and or required to posses any special skills because the Web Installer will help you get your the entire set up process and running easily as it creates anything you may need in several simple steps as seen below.
1. Download the Web Installer to your computer.
2.Upload the setup-owncloud.php file to your web space.
3. Enter the file URL into your browser.
4. Follow the setup instructions until you’re redirected to the login page.
5. Log in and start your experience.
And once you are done with the steps above, the next thing is getting ready to sync your desktop files with the application, and which is too an easy process provided you download your preferred desktop client depending on your operating system for example Windows, Mac or Linux and after, do the following below.
1. Select the Configure tab in the ownCloud application interface.
2. Enter your ownCloud server URL and login credentials.
3. Select all the files or any file or folders you want to synchronize by clicking on Add folder and continue.
You can also drag and drop files to upload them to your ownCloud account, or share them using the Share option that appears when you hover over the file. Your calendar, address book and music can also be integrated with ownCloud, so you could have them all neatly displayed in the applications interface.
The possibilities with ownCloud are not limited to this and you can extend its functionality by adding some other apps such as Journal, Tasks or Bookmarks. To get any of these apps, all you need to do is open the Apps menu and click Enable for the selected app. This will automatically install it after a few moments and its icon will appear in the right-hand panel.
Considering its simple installation and the variety of options it brings, it’s no wonder an increasing number of cloud storage lovers starts relying on ownCloud. It will work seamlessly regardless of the server or web site platform you use, which makes this free app pretty impressive.
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